Camden, N.J. – Robert M. Ferris has been promoted from Captain to Acting Chief of Detectives at the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, effective immediately, announced Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.

(From left to right) Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer, Acting Chief of Detectives Robert M. Ferris, Acting First Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ellen Murphy

Acting Chief Ferris began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher, and then as a Class II Officer, with the Washington Township Police Department in December of 1997.  Ferris was hired as a Detective with the CCPO in 1998.  During his 23-year career with the CCPO, Ferris has served in the Grand Jury, Domestic Violence, Major Crimes, and Narcotics Units.  He has also served with the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force.  Ferris’s strength of character and hard work gained him a reputation as a well-respected, tenacious detective amongst the CCPO’s law enforcement partners – local, state, and federal.

Ferris was promoted to Sergeant in the Narcotics Unit in December of 2014.  As a result of his commitment and diligence as a supervisor, Ferris was promoted to Lieutenant of the Narcotics Unit in January of 2018.

In June of 2019, Ferris was promoted to Captain.  In that rank, he oversaw the Major Crimes, Special Prosecutions, Narcotics, Homeland Security, Special Victims, and Domestic Violence Units.

“In his more than two decades with our office, Chief Ferris has excelled in every unit he served,” said Mayer. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, a steady hand, and many valuable relationships with our law enforcement partners to his new role.  I have no doubt he will continue serving our office and our community extremely well in his latest role as Acting Chief.”

Ferris replaces former Chief of Detectives Jeffrey S. Dunlap, who retired last week.